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The Leopold Center is a research and education center on the campus of Iowa State University created to identify and reduce negative environmental and social impacts of farming and develop new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources. The Center's work is focused in these initiatives - ecological systems research, marketing and food systems research, policy research and cross-cutting research that bridges all areas (water, energy, soil and alternative farming systems).
Celebrate the Earth and what covers it - our soil! April 22 is Earth Day, which began in 1970. This year more than one billion people in 192 countries will participate in this annual event and related activities, making Earth Day the largest civic observance in the world. We join the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in reminding people that the sustainable solutions for meeting the Earth's future challenges are right at our feet -- in the soil. NRCS offers these 5 reasons why we should "root" for soil health this year:
More about the national USDA-NRCS campaign, Unlock the Secrets in the Soil. [Photo courtesy NRCS]